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What are the newly-launched Integrated Care Systems in England, and how might they transform social care?

That’s a question explored by Adam Penwarden, Lifeways’ Director of External Relations, in an opinion piece for healthcare consulting firm LaingBuisson News.

ICSs are partnerships of organisations such as local authorities and NHS trusts that, in the words of NHS England, ‘come together to plan and deliver joined up health and care services, and to improve the lives of people who live and work in their area.’

In his article, Adam explores:

  • How ICSs can help preserve the NHS’s ‘muchness’ – in the words of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland
  • The ‘exciting’ idea of supporting more people to live in their own homes
  • The problem of the ‘baleful, lingering idée fixe’ about restrictive facilities
  • How teams like Lifeways support people with complex needs

Read the whole article on Laingbuisson News (4 minute read).


About Lifeways:

Lifeways is the UK’s largest team of support professionals providing support for adults in the community.

We support adults with diverse and complex needs, including learning disabilities, autism, physical disabilities, acquired brain injuries, and mental health conditions. 

As the supported living sector’s largest team of professionals, Lifeways’ extensive experience and national reach mean we deliver extraordinary support to adults, enabling them to live fulfilling and independent lives in the community. 

Our 11,000 colleagues currently support almost 5,000 individuals who live in our 1,500 supported living and residential services across England, Scotland, and Wales. 

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